Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Water Bottle Cozies

Since we are staying in a very humid location, I was needing a cozy for my plastic water bottles to keep them from dripping condensation all over everything. After searching on the web for something I really liked & would fit the bottles I use, I decided that it was time to design one. The cozy I liked most was the Wine Bottle Cozy from taras-knits blogspot http://taras-knits.blogspot.com/2007/11/wine-bottle-cozy.html . I really like how the eyelets for a tie were put in and the decreases for the bottom were worked out. Tara generously gave permission to use her basics for these and off I went with some variations of patterns. I will post the basics and one variation for now and add more later as I have time to knit them up and post.


Water Bottle Cozies

Based on Wine Bottle Cozy by taras-knits

Supplies
US 8 double point needles
Worsted weight yarn – I find dishcloth cottons don’t have spring-back to hold the bottle shape and all acrylic doesn’t seem to absorb as much. I used Lion Brand Cotton-ease for the sample cozies. Wool would also be good.
Stitch Marker
Yarn Needle
Crochet Hook

Gauge
5 ½ stitches X 4 ¼ rows = 1”

Short cozy fits 16 oz water bottle. Tall cozy fits 23-24 oz water bottle.

Basic Directions
Cast on 36 stitches and divide onto 3 dpn’s. Place marker and join to work in the round.

Rows 1-3: K3, P3 ribbing around
Row 4: K3, *P1, yo, P2tog K1, yo, K2tog*, repeat between *’s around to last 6 stitches, K1, Yo, K2tog, P3

Short Cozy
Rows 5-36: K3, P3 ribbing around

Tall Cozy
Rows 5-42: K3, P3 ribbing around

Both Cozies
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 rows and begin decreases

Decrease rows
Row 1: *K2, K2tog *, repeat between *’s around
Row 2: Knit
Row 3:*K1, K2tog *, repeat between *’s around
Row 4 Knit
Row 5: *K2tog *, repeat between *’s around

Cut yarn and thread through stitches remaining on needles. Pull snug. Weave in ends.

Finishing
Using a crochet hook, make a chain 22 – 24 inches long. Cut yarn & weave in ends. Thread through eyelets in cozy and tie in a bow.

Diagonal Rib Cozies
Follow basic cozy instructions through Row 4.
Rows 5-7: K3, P3 ribbing around
Rows 8-10: K2, *P3, K3 *, repeat between *’s to last stitch, K1
Rows 11-13: K1, *P3, K3 *, repeat between *’s to last 2 stitches, K2
Rows 14-16: P3, K3 ribbing around
Rows 17-19: P2, *K3, P3 *, repeat between *’s to last stitch, P1
Rows 20-22: P1, *K3, P3 *, repeat between *’s to last 2 stitches, P2

Repeat these 18 rows for a total of 40 rows high for the short cozy and 46 rows high for the taller cozy.

Follow the basic directions for the purl row, K2 rows, decrease rows and tie.

I have not test knit after typing the instructions. Please let me know if there are any errors.


Monday, June 15, 2009

It's About Time

I posted some pictures of my completed socks! They were completed more than a month ago but I never got life in the right alignment to get photos taken, good internet connection for upload and the mental oomph to write a blog post. How's that for a sob story?

The yarn is the one I won from Patt's Creations Madness blog contest http://pattscreationsmadness.blogspot.com/ It is KnitPicks Felici in Aquarium colorway, just perfect for cheery summer socks.

The pattern is Twists and Ribs Socks by Lisa Rosen which is a free Ravelry pattern. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twists-and-ribs-socks

Now, if I'm lucky, I'll be able to get my act together to show some of the other knitting I've been doing.